Crop Shipping Season: August 1 through July 31
Fiscal Year: January 1 through December 31
Production Area(s): California
Order Authority and Regulations
The marketing order authorizes quality regulations and research and promotion programs for olives produced in California. The order went into effect in 1965 and was last amended under formal rulemaking on November 12, 1982. View the full regulation
- Quality Regulations: The marketing order authorizes grade and size regulations to maintain olive quality shipped to consumers. Minimum quality and size requirements are prescribed for canned, ripe (sliced and whole) olives. Size requirements also are applied to fresh olives. These requirements established under this marketing order also apply to imported olives year-round due to 8e requirements.
- 8e Requirements: 8e requirements specify that imported commodities must meet the same or comparable minimum grade, size, quality, and maturity requirements, as those specified under this marketing order. Learn about importing olives.
- Research and Promotion: The marketing order authorizes production and marketing research and development projects, including paid advertising. These programs are currently active.
The California Olive Committee administers the order locally. The committee is composed of eight grower representatives from two districts, and eight handler representatives. Members serve 2-year terms of office that begin June 1. There is no limit on the number of terms members may serve. The entire committee is selected in odd-numbered years. Producer nominees are selected by mail ballot. Because there are only two handler entities, members are recommended by companies they represent. View a list of member & alternates
Todd Sanders, Executive Director, California Olive Committee
2565 Alluvial Avenue, Suite 182
Clovis, California 93611
Phone: (559) 456-9096
Fax: (559) 456-9099
Director, Marketing Order and Agreement Division
Specialty Crops Program, Agricultural Marketing Service
Phone: (202) 720-2491